Program - Sightseeing - Brussels - Belgium
This is how Belgians do

Belgium customs and etiquette

Belgium is not a homogeneous country with one national identity. As such, it is therefore difficult to give a general overview that applies to all Belgians. Each area will have its own particularities. The three predominant cultures are: in the north, Flanders - primarily Dutch, in the south, Wallonia - primarily French and the northeast - primarily German influenced. But, there are a few things that are common to all areas.

Family plays a central role in most Belgians' lives. The obligation to the family is a person's first priority. Appearances are important to Belgians. They dress well and are concerned with the impression they make on others. Cleanliness is a matter of national pride. To have overgrown hedges or untidy gardens would disgrace the family and insult their neighbors. Greetings entail a degree of formality. A brief handshake is the common greeting among people who do not know each other. Once a relationship is developed, three kisses on the cheek may replace the handshake. This is more kissing of the air near the person's cheek. Start with the left cheek and alternate. If you are invited to a Belgian's house, bring flowers or good quality chocolates for the hostess. Do not give white chrysanthemums as they signify death. Flowers should be given in an odd number, but not 13. Liquor or wine should only be given to close friends.

During a visit to a foreign country, mandatory is to respect its customs. Learn about them and enjoy even more.